To officially kick off CAFNR Week, students, faculty and staff gathered at the Bradford Research Center on Oct. 18 for the annual bonfire.
Sponsored by the Ag Alumni Association, the event welcomed people of all ages for a variety of activities, including hot dog roasting, pumpkin painting, laser tag, hayrides, corn mazes and a washers tournament.
Marshmallows were available for roasting over the crackling fire, along with pre-sharpened sticks perfect for that flawless s’more. Of the 275 attendees, those not camped by the fire were playing a competitive round of washers or getting lost in the CAFNR themed corn maze.
“I’ve gone every year they have had it,” said Breanne Brammer, a master’s student at MU and alum of the science and agricultural journalism program. “The bonfire started off small, but has grown to get a lot more family involved.”
Those attending received t-shirts and were entered into a drawing for Mizzou football tickets to an upcoming home game against Tennessee.
For some attendees, it was a first-time experience.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with people and get to see some alumni come back,” said Jayde Schilling, an MU junior.
This is the fourth year for the event, which is an opportunity to highlight research at the farm, and get the students and community involved in what the University is doing. It is also a way for students to connect with CAFNR faculty, staff and alumni.